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10 tipů pro lepší práci na dálku

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10 tipů pro lepší práci na dálku

Práce z domova nebo z jiného místa - téma, které rozděluje firmy i pracovníky. Jedni to podporují, jiní odmítají. Někdo toho doma udělá hodně a někdo téměř nic. V čem to je? Osobně provozuji “remote working” velice často - momentálně jsem například měsíc v zahraničí (i s rodinou), odkud pracuji. Když jsem v Česku, snažím se několik dní v týdnu pracovat z domova. Proč? Protože toho udělám podstatně více, než v kanceláři. K tomu ušetřím nějaké to CO2 při cestování a čas od času inspiruji někoho alespoň k zamyšlení se nad efektivitou schůzek, na které se člověk trmácí přes půl republiky.

Jasně, práce na dálku není vhodná pro každou pozici. Já vycházím ze své vlastní zkušenosti - řízení týmu lidí různě po republice v IT a marketingu - a tam se to dá.

Nejdříve se pojďme podívat na to, co si myslím od pojmech “homeoffice” a “remote working”.

Home office

Používá se, když potřebujete být doma - přijdou řemeslníci, je moc hezky na to, být někde v klimatizovaném open-spacu nebo se vám prostě nechce makat. Probíhá většinou tak, že děláte, že pracujete. Jste na příjmu, když někdo zavolá, napíše e-mail, ale k reálné práci to má hodně daleko. Více toho uděláte doma - koukáte na TV, chodíte do lednice, sekáte trávu, uklidíte, prostě cokoliv, co se dá, když zrovna někdo nepíše něco akutního nebo nemáte naplánovanou telekonferenci. To je pak nejdůležitější dávat si bacha na okolní zvuky - opatrně třeba s tlačítkem na vypnutí mikrofonu. Už jsem zažil mnohokrát, jak si někdo myslí, že má telefon ztišený v rámci společného callu - a nemá. Slyšet pak, jak to má dotyčný v paži, že stačí pustit telefon na hlasitý odposlech a může si dál hrát s malou, protože se na té poradě stejně nic nevyřeší, je dost vtipné. Pro ostatní.

Remote working

Sem neutíkáte, tohle je váš standard nebo prostředí, které potřebujete. Místo, kde chcete pracovat. Může to být doma, v lese, v kavárně, v knihovně, na jachtě, prostě kdekoliv, kde vás to inspiruje. Hledáte klid? Čas od času, když potřebuji připravit něco složitějšího, nasednu na kolo, do batohu hodím iPad a vyrazím do Zadní Doubice - je tu takový altánek, pohodlné sezení, ticho a není tu signál. To je vám focus! Naprosto parádní místo na to se nad věcmi opravdu zamyslet. 15 min na kole tam, 15 min zpátky a věřte, že se to vyplatí. Online a s vyrušováním byste to připravovali 3 x déle. Většinou je to ale práce z domova, z domácí kanceláře či jiného prostředí, kde se pracovat dá.

10 tipů pro lepší práci na dálku

  1. Konektivita - Ať už datová nebo mobilní - kvalitní internet a signál operátora na telefonování je základem. Není nic horšího, než pracovat z domu tak, že kolegové cítí, že to “není ono” - máte pomalý internet, špatný obraz na kameře, vypadávají hovory.

  2. Okolí - Pokud za váma budou běhat děti, že chtějí najít lego kostičku, pokud vám budou v pozadí štěkat pejsci, zpívat ptáci, soused řezat dříví, tak ostatní nepřesvědčíte, že opravdu pracujete. A hlavně tak pracovat prostě nejde - dříve nebo později sklouznete k tomu, že tam se půjdete projít s pejskem, teď zase na chvilku pohrát s dětmi a z práce na dálku je v tu ránu homeoffice.

  3. Režim - Jste v práci a v práci má člověk režim. Nechodí k vám sousedi na pivo, pošťáci nevozí balíky, naopak ale jdete na oběd nebo si dáte kávu. Mějte režim, jako když jste v práci. Nemůžete pracovat a zároveň se věnovat řemeslníkům, kteří vám zrovna předělávají kuchyň, naplánujte si je na odpoledne, jste v práci, i když jste doma.

  4. Důvěra - Bez důvěry kolegů a partnerů, že “tam někde” opravdu pracujete, to samozřejmě nelze. Někdy je to těžké, jsou lidé, kteří znají jen homeoffice a pak pro ně vlastně nepracujete, ty zkuste přesvědčit, že vy pracujete jinak. Pokud za vás hovoří výsledky, není co řešit.

  5. Komunikační nástroje - Vaše firma nebo partneři musí být v mnoha ohledech na práci na dálku připraveni - já si neumím představit fungování bez Slacku, online nástrojů pro project management a videokonferencí. Někdy je to fuška - zvlášť, když většina firmy pracuje onsite a menšina vzdáleně - potřeby obou skupin jsou pak zcela odlišné. Jedna skupina si polovinu informací řekne “přes stůl” a druhá vše komunikuje například přes Slack. Onsite lidé si pak klepou na hlavu, co tam ti “remoteři” žvaní za blbosti. Ale oni to potřebují, oni totiž mají mezi sebou ten Slack a né stůl.

  6. Komunikace - Když pracujete na dálku, musíte o to více komunikovat s ostatními. Najednou se nevidíte v kanceláři, neprohodíte pár slov na chodbě, nevíte, jaká nálada panuje v kanclu a jaká u vás. Je potřeba komunikovat, více než komunikujete normálně.

  7. Prostředí, pohodlí - Měli byste pracovat na místě, které vám sedí. Někomu bude vyhovovat kavárna a nebude mu vadit okolní hluk, já preferuji klid, to už je na každém. Základem je ale slušné sezení, na stoličce u kuchyňské linky s hučícím vysavačem kolem, toho moc neuděláte.

  8. Technika - Zní to banálně, ale je to také důležité - kvalitní vybavení - mikrofon, sluchátka, webkamera, klávesnice, monitor - tady se rozhoduje o tom, jak vás budou vnímat ostatní - zda budete v zasedačce jen rozmazaná a sekající se šmouha nebo zda si budou říkat, že to na dálku fakt jde. Hlavně pro audio či videohovory jsou základem kvalitní sluchátka s mikrofonem a dobrá kamera (né, ta v notebooku nebo tabletu není dobrá, ať máte jakýkoliv HW, už jen svým úhlem).

  9. Video - Tohle bylo i pro mne velké překvapení. Na co se vidět? Proč videohovory? Stačí, že se slyšíme! Není to tak. Mám za sebou stovky hodin telekonferencí a videohovorů. Video je nej. Jde tam totiž všechno vidět - že místo toho, abyste se věnovali ostatním, si píšete na počítači, jak jste oblečeni, jak se tváříte a stejně samozřejmě i naopak. Podporujte videohovory, jak to jen jde a uvidíte, že se vám to vrátí.

  10. Lidi - Lidé jsou důležití, choďte mezi ně, neberte remote working jako jediný formát. Jeden čas jsem chtěl pracovat opravdu jen vzdáleně, byl jsem 4 týdny doma, pak jsem vyrazil na schůzku do Prahy a nebyl jsem schopen složit dohromady rozumnou větu.

Samozřejmě každému vyhovuje něco jiného, toto berte jen jako mé zkušenosti. Na dálku pracuji přes 10 let, začínal jsem ještě v dobách, kdy pojmy jako remote working a digitální nomádství nikdo neznal a když jsem se zmínil, že pracuji z domova, byl jsem za slušného exota - to ale neznamená, že mé tipy vám sednou, chce to prostě hledat. 

Mám štěstí, že mí partneři a kolegové, jsou na práci na dálku zvyklí. V Good Sailors je práce na dálku vpodstatě standard a celá firma je tak nastavena. V Datasysu, kde pomáhám s marketingem, se podařilo dokonce pořídit profesionální videokonferenční řešení a porady na dálku tak vypadají jako v roce 2018 - je to jako když sedíte vedle kolegyně v Praze. Samozřejmě jsou věci, které se na dálku řeší hůře a v tom případě neváhám sednout na vlak či do auta a vyrazit, remote working by neměl omezovat ani vás, ani vaše partnery, to je pak všechno špatně.

Protože se na to určitě budete ptát, zde je ještě výčet softwaru a HW, který pro práci používám:

HW

  • MacBook Pro 15”, doma s externím displejem LG Ultrafine 5k, který už má fajn kameru

  • iPad Pro 10.5” na cesty (na jednání a cestování si notebook neberu)

  • iPhone X

  • AirPods na telekonference a videohovory, Sennheiser Momentum M2, když potřebuji více klidu, než nabízí okolí

  • Scanner pro scanování dokumentů a tiskárna v pracovně, když někdo potřebuje něco podepsat a poslat zpět

SW

  • Slack (bez něho si opravdu neumím představit fungování)

  • MeisterTask pro správu úkolů napříč týmy

  • Starleaf pro trochu lepší videokonferencování

  • Skype, když někdo vyžaduje, ale využívám už jen okrajově

  • Paper by 53 na kreslení

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Jak (ne)investuji do kryptoměn

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Jak (ne)investuji do kryptoměn

Protože počet dotazů, které mi chodí na téma kryptoměn stále stoupá, rozhodl jsem se, že sepíšu alespoň pár těch nejzákladnějších bodů, které se kolem tohoto fenoménu točí.

Prvně je třeba si vyjasnit, že nejsem člověk, který by tématu jakkoliv hlouběji rozuměl. Nikdy jsem neinvestoval do akcií, komodit ani čehokoliv jiného. Do kryptoměn “investuji” asi tak stejně jako do Sportky a ani zde nemám žádné hluboké znalosti. Mám asi spíš víc štěstí než rozumu než cokoliv jiného.

Můj postoj k vydělávání peněz je jednoduchý - myslím si, že jediná správná cesta, jak se dostat k penězům, je tvrdě je vydělat. Jen tak si jich člověk opravdu váží a dokáže s nimi rozumně zacházet. Proto kryptoměny neberu jako nástroj, který by člověka měl udělat milionářem, ale jako loterii. Opravdu, stavím kryptoměny na stejnou pozici jako koupit si stírací los nebo pravidelně sázet. Na internetu najdete tisíce názorů na celý trh i jednotlivé měny či projekty - někdo říká, že už to praskne, jiní, že to poroste do nehorázných hodnot… Já si myslím, že nikdo není schopen nyní fundovaně říci, co se bude dít. Kryptoměny jsou stále tak nové, že je těžké cokoliv predikovat. Nicméně jsem přesvědčen o tom, že je to velice zajímavá technologie, která se bude dále rozvíjet. Jednoduše VĚŘÍM, že BLOCKCHAIN je natolik zásadní, že opravdu ovlivní další fungování celého našeho světa. A u toho je přece skvělé být, ne? ;-)

Takže jak to dělám já?

Jak jsem již psal - pro mně jsou kryptoměny stejné jako Sportka. Tedy zatím s tím velkým rozdílem, že ve Sportce jsem vyhrál maximálně 1000Kč, Kryptoměny mi za minulý rok vydělali pár set tisíc. Ale zítra to může být jinak. Primárně se zajímám o technologii blockchainu, to je dle mého to opravdu důležité. Že z toho padají nějaké kryptoměny a že se dají koupit či těžit je takové “nice to have”. 

Nastoupil jsem na tenhle rychlík hodně pozdě, cca před rokem. Zhruba měsíc mi trvalo, než jsem opravdu pochopil, o čem blockchain je, mnoho hodin na youtube koukáním na různá videa, sezení v hospodě s přáteli, kteří tomu opravdu rozumí a čtením dokumentů. Na jaře 2017 jsem do kryptoměn "investoval" směšných 5.000 Kč s tím, že už jsem vyhodil pěníze za větší blbosti. Zaregistroval jsem se na americké burze Coinbase a těch 5tis vyměnil za Bitcoiny/Bitcoin/malilinkatou část Bitcoinu :-). Pak jsem objevil Ethereum, zajímavý projekt, kde se i navíc podařilo koupit za dalších 5tis Kč prvních pár ETH, tou dobou za 1.000Kč/ks (dnes kolem 20tis). Pak už jsem tušil, že když Coinbase začne prodávat nějakou měnu, půjde pravděpodobně hned nahoru. Zopakoval jsem tedy to samé s Litecoinem. No zkrátím to - z cca 10tis “investovaných” do kryptoměn jsem měl před Vánoci 220tis Kč. Když jsem se pak podíval na peníze investované do důchodového spoření nebo do Zonky, je to neuvěřitelné zhodnocení.

Ano, trefil jsem skvělou dobu, koupil jsem začínající alternativní měny za stokoruny a dnes mají hodnotu v desítkách tísíc, kupoval jsem Bitcoin za 20tis a teď je za 300tis.

Je už pozdě? Má cenu se do toho pouštět? Není a má. Před Vánoci jsem nakoupil 500 kusů měny Ripple - v té době za 0.2USD/ks, dnes hodnota za 1 Ripple šplhá k 4 USD. Nových alternativních měn jsou spousty - spousta z nich skončí v propadlišti dějin a spousta z nich uspěje, možná jen krátkodobě zazáří, možná vydrží dlouho, to nikdo neví. Ale potenciál je tu obrovský.

Jen pro představu zhodnocení pár měn za 12 posledních měsíců:

  • Bitcoin +1038 %

  • Bitcoin Cash +423 %

  • Ethereum +7615 % (né, to není překlep)

  • Litecoin +4141 % (taky jsem se neupsal)

Pokud budete chtít zjistit, do čeho investovat, máte asi 3 cesty:

  • prostě to zkusit a třeba budete mít štěstí :-)

  • dát na doporučení na internetu, co kupovat, jsou jich tuny

  • rozumět technologiím a dívat se na kryptoměny né jako na měny, ale jako na technologické projekty - a zkusit posoudit, proč by mohl být váš favorit úspěšný a jedinečný

Vůbec celý název kryptoměna je dosti zavádějící. Řada projektů je totiž primárně o technologiích a né o platidle, ale to bychom se dostali do úplně jiné diskuze. Každopádně velice doporučuji se podívat, co je za jednotlivými “měnami” schováno. 

Pokud budete hledat, kde měny nakoupit, tak míst jsou spousty. Na velkých burzách nakoupíte  velké hráče, takže sehnat opravdu začínající není úplně jednoduché. Některé směnárny:

  • Coinbase - osobně stále používám, mají pěkné aplikace, všechno je snadné a funguje to - tedy s tím “funguje to” jsem si trochu zapřeháněl. Coinbase má totiž velké problémy, když se něco na trhu děje - je často přetížený - občas už jsem si říkal, zda to není záměr, aby mohli trh hezky ovlivňovat ;-). Druhou nevýhodou jsou poměrně vysoké poplatky - ale ruku na srdce, řešit, zda má směnárna poplatek 0.5 nebo 4%, když zhodnocujete o stovky procent… prostě to zatím neřešim. Mají ale GDAX.com - kdo tomu propadne hodně, může si hezky hrát…

  • Bitstamp - uživatelsky o dost horší, ale mají například Ripple ;-)

  • Kraken - mám s ním spíš horší zkušenosti, špatná dostupnost, často tam něco nefunguje apod.

Začátečníkům bych doporučil si pohrát s Coinbase a pak uvidíte sami ;-).

Těžba

Další možnost, jak získat kryptoměny, je těžba. To by si zasloužilo také minimálně vlastní seriál, takže jen velice stručně:

  • těžba znamená, že váš počítač pomáhá zpracovávat transakce v dané síti, tj. pomáháte celý ten kolos provozovat. Za to dostáváte odměnu. Existují i projekty, kde místo výpočetního výkonu dáváte k dispozici například prostor na pevném disku pro ukládání dat

  • nakonfigurujete a spustíte program a můžete těžit, na svém počítači, na serveru

  • pokud nemáte slušnou grafickou kartu (alespoň nVidia 1070 či výkonově odpovídající), ani to nezkoušejte

  • pokud máte slušnou grafiku, zkusit to můžete, ale když započítáte náklady na elektřinu, nic nevyděláte :-)

  • smysl má dnes těžit pouze na specializovaném HW

  • nicméně těžba může být zajímavá cesta, jak získat právě hodně mladé kryptoměny - u začínajících projektů je totiž odměna při těžbě relativně velká - získáte tak nějaké drobné, které mohou jednou vyskočit nahoru

  • nastavit smysluplně těžbu zase není zcela trivilání, takže kdo si chce pohrát od stolu, mrkněte na Minergate - stáhnete aplikaci, zaregistrujete se a těžíte. Jen pro představu, opravdu to není nic na zbohatnutí - cca měsíc puštěný počítač s i7 a nvidia1070 vydělá něco mezi 20-40USD. Když si započítáte náklady na elektřinu, HW, tak raději běžte na Coinbase :-)

Co tedy říci závěrem? Blockchain je geniální technologie a každému doporučuji se do něho ponořit. Je to něco, co bude rezonovat čím dál více, zvláště díky současným problémům s uzavíráním internetu, síťové neutralitě apod. Na této technologii se dá postavit cokoliv, opravdu anonymně a robustně. Až pochopíte blockchain, začnete chápat jednotlivé projekty a pak budete vědět, do čeho chcete vložit své prostředky.

Nemyslím si, že je "Bitcoin" bublina, myslím si, že jde o revoluci. A jak to už bývá - revoluce může dopadnout jakkoliv. Takže opatrně, slýchám o lidech, kteří do kryptoměn investovali veškerý svůj majetek a teď dost možná pláčou. Jasné je jediné - je to něco velkého a nového - a u takových věcí se vyplatí být!

A nějaké ty odkazy na závěr:

Pokud vás něco zajímá, klidně se ozvěte, rád odpovím na to, co vím.

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Steve Jobs Quotes: The Ultimate Collection

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Steve Jobs Quotes: The Ultimate Collection

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice."

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

“Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.” 

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s  another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” 

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.” 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.” 

“When you're doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you're not going to cheese out. If you don't love something, you're not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” 

“I was worth about over a million dollars when I was 23 and over ten million dollars when I was 24, and over a hundred million dollars when I was 25 and... it wasn't that important — because I never did it for the money.” 

“At Apple, people are putting in 18-hour days. We attract a different type of person—a person who doesn’t want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe. We are aware that we are doing something significant. We’re here at the beginning of it and we’re able to shape how it goes. Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” 

“The Macintosh was sort of like this wonderful romance in your life that you once had — and that produced about 10 million children. In a way it will never be over in your life. You'll still smell that romance every morning when you get up. And when you open the window, the cool air will hit your face, and you'll smell that romance in the air. And you'll see your children around, and you feel good about it. And nothing will ever make you feel bad about it.” 

"Things don’t have to change the world to be important."

"Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right."

"If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much."

"You’ve baked a really lovely cake, but then you’ve used dog shit for frosting."

"If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow."

"I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

"Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do."

"We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?"

"But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem."

"If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

"Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday."

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while."

"I end up not buying a lot of things, because I find them ridiculous."

"I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete."

"My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better."

"If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were and throw them away."

"I would trade all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates."

"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."

"One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are."

"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

"I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."

"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations."

"Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?' "

"I'm as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things."

"The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that's not what it's about. Process makes you more efficient."

“It takes these very simple-minded instructions—‘Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it’s greater than this other number’––but executes them at a rate of, let’s say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.”

“The problem is I’m older now, I’m 40 years old, and this stuff doesn’t change the world. It really doesn’t.

“I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.

“These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.

“But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light — that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.”

“I think it’s brought the world a lot closer together, and will continue to do that. There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television — but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.”

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

“For something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“This is what customers pay us for–to sweat all these details so it’s easy and pleasant for them to use our computers. We’re supposed to be really good at this. That doesn’t mean we don’t listen to customers, but it’s hard for them to tell you what they want when they’ve never seen anything remotely like it. Take desktop video editing. I never got one request from someone who wanted to edit movies on his computer. Yet now that people see it, they say, ‘Oh my God, that’s great!’”

“I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on something, but working on Macintosh was the neatest experience of my life. Almost everyone who worked on it will say that. None of us wanted to release it at the end. It was as though we knew that once it was out of our hands, it wouldn’t be ours anymore. When we finally presented it at the shareholders’ meeting, everyone in the auditorium gave it a five-minute ovation. What was incredible to me was that I could see the Mac team in the first few rows. It was as though none of us could believe we’d actually finished it. Everyone started crying.”

“We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”

“It will go down in history as a turning point for the music industry. This is landmark stuff. I can’t overestimate it!”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people––as remarkable as the telephone.”

“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

“When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”

“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

"When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”

“Ultimately, it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things into what you’re doing. Picasso had a saying: good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas, and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”

"We've never worried about numbers. In the market place, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. [...] Ad campaigns are necessary for competition; IBM's ads are everywhere. But good PR educates people; that's all it is. You can't con people in this business. The products speak for themselves." 

"Picasso had a saying: 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas...I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."

"I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list....That didn't look so good, but then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of lomotion for a man on a bicycle and a man on a bicycle blew the condor away. 

That's what a computer is to me: the computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' And we've always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will."

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?

 "We're gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make "me, too" products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it's always the next dream."

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

"We've gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time."

"Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger."

"Click. Boom. Amazing!"

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

"I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple. My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do."

"It's not about pop culture, and it's not about fooling people, and it's not about convincing people that they want something they don't. We figure out what we want. And I think we're pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That's what we get paid to do."

"So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know - just explore things."

"When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else."

"In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service."

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."

"The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay." -

"I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building."

"I've always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do."

"It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much."

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."

"It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing." 

"The Japanese have hit the shores like dead fish. They're just like dead fish washing up on the shores."

"It is hard to think that a $2 billion company with 4,300-plus people couldn't compete with six people in blue jeans."

"Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff. This was California. You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach at night with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness—openness to new possibilities."

"Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better."

"Nobody has tried to swallow us since I've been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste."

"We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It's pretty great."

"We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on."

"Because I'm the CEO, and I think it can be done."

"And boy, have we patented it."

"And one more thing…"

"I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products."

"Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50-50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of – maybe it’s ’cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone. And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."

"The products suck! There's no sex in them anymore!"

"The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament."

"If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago."

"You know, I've got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can't say any more than that it's the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me."

"I make 50 cents for showing up ... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance."

"Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could -- I'm searching for the right word -- could, could die."

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come. I hereby resign as CEO of Apple."

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Social Responsible Employer Of The Year 2014

I'm proud and happy that my company blue.point (soon to be rebranded as Good Sailors) was awarded as the best employer in Czech Republic that supports handicapped people. We won this award back in 2010, but this year, I'm especially happy for it. Why? Because I'm not actively working in the company for more than 3 years. Congratulations to the whole team in blue.point for supporting handicapped people for more than 10 years!

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Meet the new CEO of Czechgeeks

After 3 years I'm really happy to announce that Czechgeeks has the new CEO. My old friend and business partner Rudolf Cerny joined Czechgeeks some time ago and today, he is my new CEO ;-). We're growing very fast and we need to do it right. In the next 3 years, we plan to setup our office in USA and UK, so big things are coming!

Original press release

Czechgeeks is one of the leading suppliers of mobile and web based applications in Czech Republic and abroad. There are company management changes planned for today. Co-founder Filip Molčan is leaving the position of CEO after three years. This position will be held by Rudolf Černý, previous CFO, whose career has been created in E.ON, Czech energetic company. Filip Molčan remains the face of Czechgeeks company and he will keep working on development of innovative projects and business.

“In three years, we grew from small team of three geeks to a company that is employing twenty programmers, designers and creative people, who are working on great projects. We are also one of few companies, who made it to keep on the custom production while working on our own projects. Continuous and fast growth of the company now requires establishment of basic rules.” says Filip Molčan.

“Rudolf Černý is vital and experienced manager, who knows a lot from many business areas. Together, we can satisfy high demands of our clients for creative, well designed and well executed projects.” fills in Filip Molčan.

“Czechgeeks is a company full of young developers and great ideas with huge potential. By cooperating with Filip I would like to support our activities in Czech Republic and abroad to prove that application development and custom production done at the same time can work.” says Rudolf Černý. 

About Czechgeeks

Czechgeeks is well recognized company in the development of mobile and web applications, based on innovation and really good design. Clients from Czech Republic and all around the Europe and USA would agree. The main investor of Czechgeeks is Clever Investments.

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